Iraqi forensic experts investigate Mosul mass grave

It is not yet known if the victims are civilians or security personnel
It is not yet known if the victims are civilians or security personnel

Iraqi forensic experts are investigating a mass grave that was discovered by troops advancing towards the Islamic State-held city of Mosul, the BBC wrote Wednesday.

The Iraqi military has said the grave, in the grounds of an agricultural college in the town of Hamam al-Alil, contains about 100 decapitated bodies, it added.

Most have been reduced to skeletons, so it is unclear who the victims were.

IS militants have carried out many mass killings and have been accused of fresh atrocities in the area in recent weeks.

They are being forced to retreat to Mosul, the last major IS urban stronghold in Iraq, in an offensive by pro-government forces that began on 17 October, according to the BBC.

Iraqi troops found the mass grave after noticing a strong smell while advancing into the town, about 30km (19 miles) south of Mosul, on Monday, it said.

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